Quests are better structured, spectacular moments abound, and the title's nordic ambiance is greatly immersive. But you will also find - and it was inevitable - small glitches, pathfinding issues, continuity errors, repetitive load times and retarded allies who each contribute distracting little touches.
Nothing dramatic, nothing new either. This Elder Scrolls stays true to its roots.
Although it borrows some ideas from other heavyweights of the genre, Skyrim remains rather tame in terms of fundamental innovations and, unlike Oblivion five years ago, does not have a monopoly on its niche anymore. Risen, New Vegas and in a slightly different way, The Witcher 2, have left their mark.
Still, we are in presence of a solid and ambitious title, with an inspired art direction, immersive and time consuming. 8/10